The Morning Skincare Mistakes You're Probably Making

Nighttime skincare routines usually get most of the attention, and as true blue skincare junkies, we've definitely fine-tuned ours. But our morning routines are just as important—and impressive, thanks to a collection of tips we've picked up from the pros. Most of these corrected some pretty substantial mistakes we didn't even realize we were making. Scroll through to find out if you've been making them too.

(+) 1. Not Wearing Antioxidants
Antioxidants are beneficial everywhere in your routine, but if you only have room for them one place, make it your a.m. serum. During the day, you need antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals and environmental damage. The right combination of antioxidants can be quite powerful. 

The combination of vitamins C and E and ferulic acid in SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic stimulates collagen production and boosts the power of your SPF fourfold.

(+) 2. Using the Wrong Anti-Ageing Ingredients
Don’t get me wrong—I'm pro anti-aging. But there’s a time and a place for every potent product in your routine. Heavy doses of alpha hydroxy acids (aka exfoliating acids like glycolic and lactic) and skin cell turnover–boosting retinol make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Plus, your body naturally regenerates cells while you sleep—so save retinol, prescription retinoids, and AHAs for evening use.

(+) 3. Not Wearing Sunscreen
It goes without saying, but I'll state it anyway: Daily application of SPF will help shield skin from UV light to control melanin production on a cellular level. It can even help lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation triggered by hormone fluctuations (such as melasma) or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (scarring). For such an essential product, many of us aren’t using it to its full potential. For starters, the majority of people apply less than half of the actual amount needed. If you’re not applying a teaspoon amount to your face every morning, you’re not getting the sun protection factor you think are. And you’re probably forgetting your neck and chest—your d├ęcolletage is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. We in East Asia live in the land of some of the lightest, highest-SPF, highest-PA sunblocks on the planet. The things to watch out for are the SPF (50 is the best, anything higher is pointless and anything lower needs to be reapplied constantly) and PA (at least 3 +). 

Look for broad spectrum sunscreens that offer protection for both UVA and UVB rays. This gem here (Sloane Inc Sunblock SPF 70)  is a physical blocker. This no-nonsense, 100% chemical-free, fragrance-free, water & sweat proof total blocker blends 3 antioxidant teas, an invisible shine-absorbing micro mesh & UV reflectors. Protects for up to 240minutes in water - so if you are going to spend long hours in the sun, you will have to reapply sunblock every 2 hours for maximum protection.

Another tip: If I'm wearing makeup, I would also layer both sunscreen and a foundation/ tinted moisturizer / BB creme with SPF, just for the safety net. It can be tempting to be lazy, but a typical layer of sunscreen or foundation is usually not thick enough for you to maximize the sun protection factor, so it's far better to have two layers (you're more likely to max out the SPF50 protection) than to rely on just one. For touch ups, it's best to invest in a powder with SPF protection. Better be safe than sorry!  

A perfect example of beauty and brains, Sloane Inc. BB powder has SPF50 reinforced with antioxidant fullerene (a product of advanced nanotechnology) to combat ageing environmental forces, acne and unwanted shine throughout the day.

(+) 4. Not Washing Your Face
Overnight, your skin cells are hard at work, which means they’re secreting toxins and sebum. You’re also shedding dead skin cells and sweating. And then there’s the matter of your pillowcase—it’s not exactly clean. Your morning cleanse is the time to remove that buildup and prep your skin for the products ahead. And washing your face is necessary to remove any retinol or AHAs you wore overnight. Bottom line: A thorough a.m. cleanse ensures your products will work like they’re supposed to.

Choose something gentle such as Sloane Inc. Vanilla Silk Cleanser, a light foaming delight that effectively lifts away dirt, make up, and other impurities to thoroughly cleanse your face without removing the essential lipids of the skin and thus help to keep your mien healthy and well hydrated with its potent blend of French sea waters, botanical extracts, gentle seaweed and sugar based exfoliants. 

(+) 5. Incorrectly timing your application
After washing or scrubbing your face, you should move quickly. Immediately after patting dry with a clean towel, apply the next step of your skincare routine. Your skin should never stay dry and bare for more than 30 seconds. Every second your skin is left bare, dry air (especially in the winter) is pulling moisture right out of it. But that’s the only part of your morning skincare routine you should rush. In order for your skin to properly soak up all of the benefits of each product you apply, you need give them time to sink in, three to five minutes to be exact. And don’t forget sunscreen needs 20 to 30 minutes. Leaving the house too soon after application leaves your skin unprotected.

(+) 6. Using Hot Water
Splashing your face with cold water may not be your preferred method of waking up, but your steamy face-washing habits aren’t doing your skin any favors. While extreme temperatures of any kind can unbalance the delicate skin on your face, hot water dehydrates. And parched skin is not the way you want to start your day. Lukewarm water makes for better cleansing (morning and night).


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